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Guidance Aviation provides helicopter flights

For the third year in a row, Guidance Aviation provided helicopter pilot ground school and introductory helicopter flights for Tri-City Prep High schoolers. This year's class ran Aug. 10 through 27.

The high school students were taught numerous aviation topics including Helicopter operations, fundamentals of aerodynamics, Instruments and flight controls, Elements of weather and how they pertain to flight, Determining protocols for cross-country flight, Physiological and psychological factors affecting human safety, Identifying extreme hazards in helicopter flight, Using a Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) and Airport Facility Directory (AFD).

The course prepares the students for a portion of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Practical Knowledge Test, necessary to become a certified helicopter pilot.

The future aviators also had the opportunity to utilize the Guidance Aviation flight simulation lab and fly the X-Copter helicopter simulator, an FAA approved, state-of-the-art helicopter flight training device used to prepare flight students for their first helicopter flights. X-Copter's manufacturing facility and corporate offices are also located at the Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC), adjacent Guidance Aviation.

"Guidance Aviation has been a great partner for Tri-City Prep and genuinely cares for the students' experiences. The program allows for our students to learn about unique careers in aviation while acquiring education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M)," states Principal Milliken, Tri-City Prep.

"Guidance Aviation is delighted to offer our helicopter pilot ground school for the third time at Tri-City Prep High School. Motivating students and getting them interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math needs to be done more often," remarked John "JJ" Johnson, Director of Academics, Guidance Aviation.

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